You guys, this project has been a long time coming! I’ve made all kinds of ornaments for my Christmas tree using my favorite Cricut tools like these felt ornaments or my farmhouse stars from last year. Now, I have something extra special for you! I have some good friends here in Nebraska, Brent & Leah from Old Cotton Wood, who are master pickers. They find all kinds of goodies and then travel the country selling at vintage markets. A few years ago Leah texted me about a vintage canvas mail cart that she thought I might like. The instant I saw it, I knew I needed it for my Christmas tree. My family hated me and begged me to get rid of it as we were moving to our new house and I held firm. I have plans for this beauty and you are all just going to have to wait and see what I create. Finally this year, I had the tools to create a beautiful canvas Christmas Tree Cart using my new, absolute favorite tools my Cricut Easy Press 2 mini & my new Sunflower Cricut Explore Air 2!! Now my family LOVES it and will be far more tolerant of my crazy hoarding of vintage finds. Come see how you can make one for your Christmas Tree.
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The Canvas Cart
I know, I know, I know… You guys don’t have a Leah looking out for you, finding fabulous vintage canvas carts for you. I get it. However, you do have ME and I have found a fabulous new canvas cart that will be perfect for this project. It’s from one of my favorite (new to me) companies, Steele Canvas. They have a perfect canvas cart that will become a family favorite for the Holidays I’m sure! Plus, when it’s not holding up your Christmas tree, you can use it as a laundry cart or for storage. You guys, I crush hard on basically anything they make… I love canvas in all shapes and forms.
Now, your canvas cart won’t have that vintage patina but, it will look amazing either way… Old or New!
I do my best to create all of my designs within Cricut Design Space but, this one I had to design on my own in Illustrator. However, I’m sharing the SVG file for you guys to use on your own cart. Click on the image below to download the SVG file or click HERE to access it in Design Space.
Canvas Christmas Tree Cart Supplies
Now, when you are cutting Iron-On material like Cricut Iron-On Lite or my new favorite Everyday Iron-On you can use any of the Cricut cutting machines; the Explore Air, Explore Air 2 or the Maker. Any of these fabulous machines cut iron material just fine. BUT… if you want the Sunflower Explore Air 2 you need to grab it at Michaels AND they are on a crazy awesome sale this week for Cyber Monday!
Here’s what else you will need…
- Cricut Machine • the Sunflower one will make you HAPPY
- Cricut Everyday Iron-On OR Iron-on Lite • black
- 12×24 cutting mat • green or purple
- Cricut Easy Press 2 • small
- Canvas Cart
- North Pole Design in Design Space
- You’ll need to cut the design in Design Space which is sized for a large canvas cart right now. However, you can resize as needed. I’m sharing several tips and tricks in my STORY that help with all kinds of things for this project. Go check it out before you start anything. DO NOT FORGET TO MIRROR YOU DESIGN BEFORE YOU CUT! Also, remember the shining side of the iron-on material goes face-down on your cutting mat.
- In my Instagram Story, I share how to get all of your design onto ONE cutting mat, therefore, saving MONEY by not wasting iron-on material. I also talk about using more than one piece of iron-on for this LARGE design.
- Weed your design and grab your Easy Press 2 (small) and get ready to iron on your design onto your cart. I recommend starting by centering the Trading Co. part first and pressing it onto your cart. If you are smart, you will do with before you load your tree into the cart and lay the cart on its side. It’s totally do-able pressing your iron-on vertical, it’s just a good arm workout. 😉 Again, watch my story to get all of the tips and tricks for this process.
- Set your Easy Press to 375˚ and start pressing your design onto the cart. It helps to use the Cricut spatula tool to press the Cricut Iron-On lite or Everyday Iron-on onto the canvas surface. Not having a hard work surface, you do have to baby this project a little bit. Work in sections until the whole design is complete.